Aug 29, 2010

Christine likes to hog the blog

So I've been waiting for Tori or Ariel to post something so I wouldn't consume the blog... but of course Ariel never will, and Tori's a bum... so here I am. I have quite a few updates! I don't even know where to begin! I'll start most recently...
Yesterday a YSA from my ward (yes, a boy) took me mountain biking! Oh man, it was HARDCORE! I would freak out at every rock or root that I saw, thinking that if I'd hit it I'd crash, but then by trying to avoid it, I crashed anyway... I think I suck at steering too... I never fell completely off the bike though! That's an accomplishment. So the trail was mostly through the woods, but it went by a great view of the ocean (which there will be a picture of) so we took a rest there, and rode all the way back... and not only to the end of the trail, but all the way home! I was so pooped afterwards, we probably went like 30km or so we guessed. Anywho, really sick, nasty, icky, disgusting, makes me want to vomit when I think about it, horrible, nasty thing happened when I got home!! Or I guess it happened when I was mountain biking, but I noticed it at home a few hours later... I found a TICK HALFWAY INTO MY SKIN!!! Where? I would rather not say... Ew ew ew ew! Even thinking about it I freak out. I noticed something odd, I thought it was like a scab, and I tried to pick it off with my finger but didn't come off, so I grabbed tweezers realizing it wasn't a scab, and I was getting a little weirded out not knowing what the crap was growing out of me... and then I had to pull really hard (it hurt like a mother!) and it came out, I dropped it in my hand and realized it was a bug!!! COMPLETELY grossed out I flung it on the ground and stood there in shock for who knows how long! EW! SO GROSS! I couldn't sleep last night thinking about it. Yuck yuck yuck!
I got a letter from Barry Jacobsen (Elder Jacobsen) on Thursday! That was super exciting! I even got some pictures.... Um what else? I joined a mixed ultimate league that plays every wednesday! That's way fun and they're all really good! I get to play in a tournament with some of them this weekend in Wollongong which is south of Sydney. I'm really excited! If we do well we get to go to Nationals! How awesome is that??? I could possibly be an Australian champion! Haha.
Yesterday I had my first "Tim Tam Slam"... Tim Tams are like chocolate covered chocolate biscuits, and you drink hot chocolate through it until it's about to fall apart, and then you eat the tim tam. It's pretty delicious, but super fatty! I don't know why, but that reminds me of the recent shopping success I had! I decided to go to Salvation Army just for fun to see what I could find... And I found TREASURE!! I found a vintage looking (but new with tags) dress that's high necked, and pencil skirt... it's red and has a belt attatched, hard to describe, but uber cute! And I got another dress that's eyelit and red and white, I got some shorts that will be perfect for the beach and swimming, and I got a knit shirt. I got all of it for $32! Booya! The Salvation Armies here aren't as big of a thing as back in the States, but I think less people shop at them too because I found SO many good things! I found even more than that too, it just didn't fit or I thought I'd save my money. Other new news... Nicci is going back to work 4 days a week now instead of 3, so I'll be watching both girls on Thursday now, instead of cooking and cleaning on Thursday. I also get to take Liv to ballet. I went last Thursday and it was a lot of fun to watch. Well I don't want to bore you all with every boring detail, so I will leave you now with some pictures :) Cheers.

Aug 16, 2010

Wiggle Wiggle Jump Jump!

The musical stylings of Olivia Thomas!

Aug 6, 2010

Australia :)

Christine here!!

It's been precisely one week and four days since I arrived in the beautiful New South Wales, Australia. My mom and grandma aren't as technologically savvy and don't have a facebook, so they haven't seen any pictures yet. Plus I promised I'd blog about what I've been up to, though it's strange not blogging about adventures of Mama Cass.... . Anywho... good times! Back to news from Australia! I haven't done a whole lot yet, other than play with beautiful children and sleep, because I'm lame like that. But I did get a tour of Newcastle area, which is beautiful! I love it! And the beaches are so pretty :) I have also been practicing my driving on the "right" side of the road... That's still way weird. I feel like my brain is backwards or something, I don't even know. I also have to look for which side the steering wheel is on before I decide which side of the car to walk to, haha. I'm still not completely adjusted to the time difference, but that's because I'm asleep by 9pm every night (which is like 5am back in Idaho) and I wake up around 6am... At the moment it's 9:35pm here, so I'm doing pretty well. Anyway, I tried to go play some pick up ultimate in Newcastle, but no one showed up sadly. Oh! And Sunday I went to church! That was great, I met two girls who seem really welcoming and friendly. The sad thing is though, there are like maybe 8 YSA's in the ward, so the YSA scene isn't so big. There is a cruise/party ship thing on October 1st for all YSA's in New South Wales! That should be really fun!

So the family!! Oh man, they're great! And I'm not just saying that because Nicci has found the blog ;) I'm saying it because it's true. Olivia is a very smart 4 year old, and a lot of fun. She loves to dance and sing, she's an entertainer! Bridie is probably one of the cutest babies ever... I hope that when I have babies they're that cute. And she's the sweetest thing. Adam is really nice, and a really good daddy. I feel like I often see dads handing all the work over to the mom, and they're completely lost when it comes to their own kids, but Adam does take over when he has the chance, and he's great with the girls. Nicci is fantastic! I just love her already. She's so kind, and really does all she can to make everyone happy. And I love that she and I can talk about anything, like we've talked about boys and all that. She's also really supportive in whatever I'd like to do (both of them are). So yeah, I just hope the experience is as great for them as it is for me! Because at the moment I feel like I got the better end of the deal!

Anyway, it's way past my bedtime, enjoy the pics!




Beach in Newcastle!